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Creating & Maintaining a Successful Women’s Initiative. American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Women in the Profession Committee July 18, 2013, 1PM to 2PM CST. Moderator & Speakers. Moderator: Laura Lattman – The Lattman Law Firm, LLC Speakers:

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Creating maintaining a successful women s initiative

Creating & Maintaining a Successful Women’s Initiative

American Bar Association

Young Lawyers Division

Women in the Profession Committee

July 18, 2013, 1PM to 2PM CST


Moderator speakers

Moderator & Speakers

  • Moderator:

    • Laura Lattman – The Lattman Law Firm, LLC

  • Speakers:

    • Nicole Auerbach – Valorem Law Group

    • Ida Abbott – Ida Abbott Consulting, LLC

    • Kit Chaskin – Reed Smith LLP


What is a women s initiative

What is a Women’s Initiative?

  • Help women develop to their fullest potential

  • Build a platform for women to succeed

  • Enhance the workplace to develop, reward, engage and attract women

  • RESULT = gender diversity (in turn, closer to gender equality)


Why are they necessary

Why are they necessary?

GENDER INEQUALITY STILL EXISTS


Creating maintaining a successful women s initiative

LAW SCHOOLS/LAW FIRMS

APPROXIMATELY 50% WOMEN SINCE THE EARLY 1990s


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A female lawyer earns 77 cents for every 1 dollar a male lawyer earns.

(Polifact)


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Today, there are only 15% female equity partners in the nation’s 200 largest firms.*

*Unchanged since 2006

Women of color = 2%

(NAWL Study 2012)


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Female equity partners earn 89% of the money earned by their male peers.

(NAWL Study 2012)


Creating maintaining a successful women s initiative

Women comprise nearly half of the workforce, and many women are the primary breadwinners for their families.

(2013 National Equal Pay Task Force Report)


Elements of an effective women s initiative

Elements of an Effective Women’s Initiative

  • A clear purpose

    • Why are we starting a women’s initiative? What are our expected outcomes?

  • A clear strategy

    • What will we do? How will we achieve our purpose?

  • Purpose is directly tied to the firm’s business objectives

    • What’s the business case? How will advancing women advance the firm’s – and all partners’ - interests?


Elements

Elements

  • Accountability

    • Stated, specific, and (ideally) measurable goals

    • Designated responsibilities

    • Monitor activities, evaluate results

    • Internal and external reporting

  • Leadership

    • How will initiative team be structured?

    • Who will participate? Who will lead?

    • How will this initiative be coordinated with others?


Elements1

Elements

  • Strong, ongoing (and real) support

    • Motivated women

    • Powerful men, in firm and business

    • Budgetary

    • Administrative

    • Marketing


Activities

Activities

  • Activities should flow from and support purpose and strategy

  • To extent possible: Meet different needs of women at different career stages

  • Will men be included in activities?

    • In which?

    • In what ways?


What are your goals

What are your goals?

  • Support/Connection/Relationships?  Affinity group

  • Connect women for business development? Women’s Network

  • Change the demographics of the institution?  Change Initiative


Where are you now

Where are you now?

  • The critical and delicate data dance

  • Deep data analysis requires senior management buy-in and perhaps a consultant

  • It is important to get this right


Develop a strategy to get you from where you are now to the achievement of your goal

DEVELOP A STRATEGY TO GET YOU FROM WHERE YOU ARE NOW TO THE ACHIEVEMENT OF YOUR GOAL

  • Change agents, leaders, influencers and foot soldiers

  • ReadLeading Change by John Kotter.  Twice.  Per year.

  • Strategy vs. vision vs. implementation

  • Matching structure to strategy


The critical roles of support from the top and momentum on the ground

THE CRITICAL ROLES OF SUPPORT FROM THE TOP AND MOMENTUM ON THE GROUND

  • Ask your managing partner to lunch

  • Identify and nurture allies – ask them for help

  • Identify and neutralize enemies

  • Inspire the faithful on a daily basis, and support them in their personal professional goals


Creating maintaining a successful women s initiative

QUESTIONS?


Contact speakers

Contact Speakers

  • Nicole Auerbach

    • [email protected]; 312-676-5469

  • Ida Abbott

    • [email protected]; 510-339-6883

  • Kit Chaskin

    • [email protected]; 312-207-6478


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